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19 Of The Best Things To Do This Week In Southern California

The 'Praise Be' is being offered during the Emmys at Ever Bar. It's a take on a Tom Collins that pays homage to 'A Handmaid's Tale.' (Photo courtesy of Ever Bar)
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From beers and bites to cheese and paella, the week ahead has some tasty offerings. Cinephiles can choose from the L.A. Film Fest, the Lift-Off festival and the Flux fall edition. There's also music from Miguel, The National and a number of up-and-coming artists at MOCA.

MONDAY, SEPT. 17; 5 p.m.
Emmys Viewing Party
Ever Bar -- 1800 Argyle Ave., Hollywood
Did your tickets to the ceremony get lost in the mail? The bar at the Kimpton Everly Hotel has an alternative. Guests can walk the green carpet and enjoy new cocktails inspired by this year's Emmy Nominees. The menu will be styled like a vintage TV guide with drinks such as "Praise Be" -- a riff on a Tom Collins in honor of "A Handmaid's Tale" -- or a gin and tea cocktail named "The Crown."
COST: Prices vary; MORE INFO

Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival 2018
Raleigh Studios -- 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood
Part of a global network of film festivals, the local edition screens indie features, shorts, commercial, music videos, animation, experimental/arthouse and holds a script competition. There's a networking mixer on the last night of the festival.
COST: $15 - $25 per screening; MORE INFO

MONDAY, SEPT. 17 - SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 2019
La Reina de Los Ángeles
Sturt Haaga Gallery, Descanso Gardens -- 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge
The recently opened group show examines our current relationship with water, using the L.A. River as an entry point. Curated by Debra Scacco, exhibiting artists include Judith F. Baca, Andrew Bird, Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio, Tom Carroll (Tom Explores Los Angeles) and Carolina Caycedo, among many others.
COST: Included with $9 admission to the Garden; MORE INFO

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Flamin' Hot Spot -- a restaurant by Cheetos -- teams with Roy Choi for a three-day pop-up in L.A., offering items like Flamin' Hot Chipotle Ranch Wings. (Image: Courtesy of Cheetos)

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18 - THURSDAY, SEPT. 20; 5:30 p.m. - midnight
Cheetos Flamin' Hot Spot
Pop-up space --1835 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
Chef Roy Choi teams up with Cheetos for a branded pop-up that incorporates the snack and extra spice into a menu of elotes, rice bowls, wings, burritos and churros. While the reservations went quickly, there is a waitlist. If you get in, expect to leave the restaurant full and red-handed.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18; 7:30 p.m.
Solving California's Water Future
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
Los Angeles has a water problem: There's a lack of it. A panel discussion tackles the impact of climate change on the city's water supply and what we should do to conserve and improve our infrastructure to ensure sustainability. The evening will be moderated by Mark Gold, UCLA associate vice chancellor of environment and sustainability.

Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene
USC Fisher Museum of Art and Natural History Museum Los Angeles -- 823 and 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park
Humanity's impact on the Earth has been so significant, and not in a good way, over the past century that many geologists believe we're in a new epoch, the Anthropocene. Artist Justin Brice Guariglia's works explore the ecological shift, from melting glacial ice sheets to mining and agriculture. USC's Fisher museum features 23 works by the artist while NHMLA, across the street, presents the large-scale installation, "Jakobshavn I," depicting Greenland's fastest melting glaciers.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19; 7 p.m.
Greek Theatre -- 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
The crooner brings his crystalline voice and futuristic funk and soul to a night of music under the stars. He's currently touring in support of the 2017 album, "War & Leisure." Also on the bill: DVSN & Nonchalant Savant.
COST: $44.50 - $99.50 (plus fees); MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19; 7 - 9 p.m.
Brews + Bites Beer Dinner
The Stalking Horse -- 10543 Pico Blvd., West L.A.
The pub that specializes in Cornish fare presents a four-course pairing menu: heirloom tomato salad; bangers and mash; prime cut butler steak and an English trifle. The dishes will be paired with house brews. Vegan options are also available. Notify the pub of any dietary restrictions when making reservations.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19; 4:30 p.m.
Say Cheese Wednesdays
SideDoor -- 3801 East Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar
The restaurant's monthly cheese night features a selection from Green Dirt Farm, a boutique creamery from Weston, Missouri. SideDoor's cheesemonger, Tracy Nelsen, will chat with guests about the offerings, and Alejandra Padilla, executive chef, will use the featured cheeses in menu items available that night only.
COST: $28 (for five-piece cheese board); MORE INFO

Test your 'Parks and Rec' trivia knowledge. (Image: Courtesy of Angel City Brewery)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20; 7 - 9 p.m.
Parks and Rec Trivia
Angel City Brewery -- 216 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
Go on and treat yo self to a night out, even if it's not Galentine's Day. Prove that you deserve all the waffles. Geeks Who Drink hosts a trivia night that focuses on all things Pawnee, Indiana. Get your teams together (no more than six players) and register in advance. There's a strict no cell phone policy, so this trivia title must be earned the hard way.
COST: $5 admission; MORE INFO

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 20; 7:45 p.m.
Left, Right & Center Live
The Broad Stage -- 1310 11th St., Santa Monica
The public radio station across town takes its politically minded show on the road before the 2018 midterm elections. Listen to a discussion of the issues with panelists Josh Barro, Rich Lowry, Ana Marie Cox, Megan McArdle and a number of guests from both sides of the aisle (and some who straddle the line). The show will be taped live beginning at 8 p.m.
COST: $60 - $100; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 - FRIDAY, SEPT. 21; 8 p.m.
The National
Hollywood Palladium -- 6215 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
The Grammy Award-winning band is currently on tour in support of its 2017 release, "Sleep Well Beast," and plays two nights at this intimate venue. Tickets are easier to get for Thursday night. Arrive early because the dynamic Phoebe Bridgers opens.
COST: Start at $49; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20; 6:30 p.m.
MOCA: Music
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA -- 152 North Central Ave., downtown L.A.
The museum's music lineup for this all-ages show includes Laggers with Jesse Baez, The.Wav, Nick & Navi and Dave Nada X Tittsworth. Food trucks and a bar (for those 21+) will be onsite for guests.

BloodRock: The Musical
Odyssey Theatre -- 2055 Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A.
Imagine rival musical street gangs battling for dominance. Now replace any notion of Jets and Sharks with vampires. That's the premise for this musical. It has its world premiere this weekend and runs again next weekend.
COST: $30 - $39.50; MORE INFO

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The Laurel Canyon music scene doc, 'Echo in the Canyon,' opens the Los Angeles Film Festival. (Production still: Echo in the Canyon)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20; 8 p.m.
Echo in the Canyon
Ford Theatres -- 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood
The Los Angeles Film Festival makes the move from June to September, screening indie films, studio features and episodic works (fka television). The festival opens with Andrew Slater's documentary about the Laurel Canyon music scene followed by a live performance by Jakob Dylan and other musicians. The festival runs through Sept. 30.
COST: $95 (opening night tickets); MORE INFO

Ring of Red: A Barrio Story
Bootleg Theater -- 2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake
Pomona College professor Tomás Summers Sandoval wrote this play based on the testimonials of Chicano veterans who served in the Vietnam War. With the help of students, he collected more than 50 oral histories that examine "patriotism, duty, service, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, family love and friction, and what it meant for one generation of Chicanos to live with the scars of war." Directed by Rose Portillo, the play's actors include Summers Sandoval's father, a Vietnam vet, adding a personal perspective to the production.
COST: $15 - $25; MORE INFO

There's an art party at Bar Garcia for the 'decomp' and de-installation of Chadwick's at the space. (Image: Courtesy of Bar Garcia)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20; 8 p.m.
Art Decomp Party
Bar Garcia -- 820 S. Spring St., downtown L.A.
Chef Juan Pablo Torre crafts a massive communal paella to celebrate the decommission of artist Chadwick's work at the restaurant. The party makes way for new art and the next installation. DJ Ari Shark spins tunes throughout the night, and all art will be for sale. Chadwick holds a live art session around 10 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20; 5 - 10 p.m.
NoMadic Bartenders Series
NoMad Los Angeles -- 649 S Olive St., downtown L.A.
The boutique hotel and its bar program welcome P(OUR) co-founders Alex Kratena and Monica Berg to inaugurate its new quarterly series. Kratena (formerly the head bartender of Artesian in London) and Berg (formerly of London's Pollen Street Social and Himkok in Oslo) create three special drinks and a "lava-flow" frozen cocktail for the occasion. $1 from every cocktail will be donated to P(OUR), a beverage industry organization.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20; 7:30 p.m.
Flux, Fall 2018
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
The screening series returns to the museum for its autumnal installment with a slate of short films, music videos and visual art from around the world. Stick around after for filmmaker presentations and a party in the courtyard.

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